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International projects

We are involved in many EU funded international projects as coordinators, promoters and partners. We also partner in other international projects, teaming up with museums, science centres, training institutions, universities, schools, research centres, but also with private companies and ONG’s that act through consortia, sharing similar goals for a broader dissemination and understanding of science and technology. International projects allow us to disseminate more effectively our accomplishments, while at the same time helping us to improve our work by sharing best practices, experiences and competences, creating common standards, meeting international agendas.

Tinkering EU: Building Science Capital for All

Tinkering EU: Building Science Capital for All is an EU-funded transnational collaboration project which uses the innovative pedagogy of ‘Tinkering’ to develop the 21st century skills and the Science Capital of disadvantaged youth and improve science education in schools of disadvantaged communities. The project wants to continue the work of Tinkering EU: Contemporary Education for Innovators of Tomorrow that introduced the Tinkering method in Europe for the first time. The Museum is the project coordinator.

2017-2020 | EU project: Erasmus +

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World Biotech Tour

The World Biotech Tour (WBT) is a multi-year initiative that brings biotechnology to life at select science centers and museums worldwide. The program, supported by the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and Biogen Foundation, is scheduled to run from 2015-2017


MEDEA: Molecular Electron dynamic Investigated by Intense Fields and Attoseconds Pulses

The goal is to create a network of institutions to train researchers in one of the major areas of photonics: the attosecond science. The network consists of leading universities, research centers and key companies in the development and sale of ultrafast laser sources and detection systems.
Well-designed activities will be offered by the network to enhance the Early Stage Reseachers’ career perspectives in both the academic and private sector, with a particular attention to high-quality training in research, innovation, management and entrepreneurship as well as communication skills.
The Museum will implement a training course for researchers to develop communication skills.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 641789



Hypatia will bring about lasting change in the way schools, science museums, research institutions and industry engage teenage girls in STEM across Europe. Bringing these stakeholders together with gender experts and teenagers themselves, Hypatia will develop, pilot and disseminate a unique modular toolkit of activities and guidelines for engaging teenagers in STEM in a gender-inclusive way. These innovative activities, based on existing European good practices, will be implemented in 14 EU countries and further afield, in schools, science museums and by institutions in research and industry, thanks to hubs of stakeholders strengthened through the project. The activities will have a central focus on gender-inclusive ways of communicating STEM, empowering teenage girls and exploring the range of skills that are needed for the great variety of STEM studies and careers open to young people. The Hypatia hubs will provide a sustainable basis for these activities to be carried out on the long term, with a focus on dissemination through networks and stakeholder engagement allowing the project impact to multiply.
In the framework of the project, the Museum develops educational tools and resources for science museums.

2015-2018 | EU project: Horizon 2020

TINKERING EU - Today’s education for contemporary innovators of tomorrow

Tinkering is an educational approach underlying the activities of the Project. It is now internationally recognized as an optimal tool to develop the skills of the 21st century. The project fosters the design and implementation of new activities for schools and families, training for teachers and museum educators and the creation of a community of practice in order to enhance knowledge and skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The Museum is the project coordinator.
The World Biotech Tour (WBT) is a multi-year initiative involving science museums and science centers around the world with the aim of promoting biotechnologies and their applications through activities, meetings and debates with researchers and experts. The first three stages of the tour took place in 2015 at: Technopolis - Mechelen (Belgium); Pavilion of Knowledge, Ciencia Viva - Lisbon (Portugal); Miraikan, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation - Tokyo (Japan).
Tour stops for 2016 were announced in Montreal at the ASTC conference 2015 and they include four institutions: the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan – Italy; the National Science Museum in Pathumthani – Thailand; Scitech in Perth – Australia; Montreal Science Centre in Montreal - Quebec Canada. The tour will end in 2017 with a global summit in Tokyo.
As part of the WBT, the Museum will implement a program of activities for different audiences: adults, families, teachers and students.

2015-2017 | EU project: Erasmus +

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World Biotech Tour

The World Biotech Tour is a multi-year initiative that brings biotechnology to life at select science centers and museums worldwide. The program, supported by the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and Biogen Foundation, is scheduled to run from 2015-2017.


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RRI Tools: building a better relationship between science and society

RRI Tools: building a better relationship between science and society Europe wants to promote not only excellent but also socially desirable science and technology: it is vital to align the objectives of research and innovation processes with the needs and values of the societies that support them. There is clear evidence that today we need to involve the whole of society in the decisions about the development of science and technology so we can all contribute to the smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth of our societies. This is the core of the ambitious initiative of the European Commission on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as a cross-cutting issue in Horizon 2020, the current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

In this context, RRI Tools has been set up in order to empower all actors to contribute their share to the Responsible Research and Innovation initiative. Funded under the Framework Programme FP7 (2007-2013), the final outcome of RRI Tools is to develop a set of digital resources to advocate, train, disseminate and implement RRI under Horizon 2020.
RRI Tools will be carried out by a multidisciplinary consortium consisting of 26 institutions led by "la Caixa" Foundation (Spain). This consortium brings together considerable experience in the key components of RRI across Europe.
The Museum participates in the development and dissemination of resources through a direct collaboration with Fondazione Cariplo, the Italian partner, leader of the Italian project hub.

2014-2016 | EU project: FP7 Project



Developing visualization tools that enable Nanotechnology awareness, with guidance for seeing at the Nano scale.

The Project aims to provide the public with an ability to ‘seeing at the nanoscale’, and an understanding and awareness for the breadth of nanotechnologies, and the uncertainties and potential risks connected to them. Once fully developed, the SeeingNano Visualisation Tools will be made available to the wider community on an online platform where the tools and guidance documents will be available for download.
SeeingNano is following a coordinated collaborative approach conducted by leading experts in the relevant fields: target audiences are scrutinised by the consortium’s socio-economic sciences and humanities experts, who – in collaboration with the state-of-the-art information and visualisation partners – elaborate and agree on the most appropriate toolset. The scientific and technical content is provided by experts from the nanotechnology research community in collaboration with experts from risk-communication and nanotoxicology.
The Museum contributes through actions that test, validate and disseminate the tools developed.

2014-2016 | EU project: Horizon 2020



Science Education as Tool for Active Citizenship.
The Project has been funded in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme. It aims to contribute actively to the development of science teaching as a tool for building an active citizenship in this knowledge-society.

2001-2015 | EU project: LLL Project


VOICES (Views, Opinions and Ideas of Citizens in Europe on Science) is a groundbreaking consultation, using the opinions of 1000 people from across 27 EU countries to shape the future of European research.
According to the principles of Responsible Research and Innovation, European research must do more to adapt to the needs of citizens.
To this end, VOICES devised a specialised yet flexible methodology, using 100 three-hour focus groups in order to engage citizens and gather their opinions and ideas about research and innovation in 2013. The consultations were run by science centres and museums, as the natural interface between science and society, and coordinated by Ecsite, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums.

2013-2014 | EU project: Horizon 2020


Engineer aims at the widespread adoption in Europe of innovative methods of science teaching in primary schools providing extensive teacher training on inquiry-based method. The project is based on Engineering is Elementary (EiE), the proven program developed by Boston‘s Museum of Science (BMOS) widely used in primary schools throughout the U.S.

2011-2014 | EU project: Sis Project


Food and health are key issues for contemporary society.
The European project INPROFOOD studies the role of food innovations and basic research in tackling the health problems connected to nutrition (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, ...).

Companies, researchers and organizations are involved in a process of comparison aimed at developing innovative approaches to meet the food challenges related to health. An important starting point is formed by the recent recommendations of the European Commission on food and by the study of public opinion, increasingly aware and concerned about the quality of food.
The Museum is involved in the project with dissemination activities for the general public and schools, offering PLAY DECIDED game sessions, where the audiences are involved in discussions about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
In this context, the Museum is cooperating with the IULM University of Languages and Communication in Milan.

PLAY DECIDED: food in the game
A game-based discussion to talk about nutrition, lifestyle, information, culture, economy and society and find out what influences our eating habits. After the discussion players decide, vote and take part in a European consultation: do they want the State to provide rules on our food or do we want to be free to choose?

October 19, 2013 | for IULM students
October 20th, 2013 | for museum visitors
14 and 25 October 2013 | for secondary school groups level II

2011-2014 | EU project: FP7 Project


The FEAST project contributes to the development of adult scientific literacy and fosters active citizenship on rapidly evolving science and technology scenarios. By developing and offering specific Workshops and Training Activities, FEAST helps science centres and museums devise methodologies for engaging adults with science and technology. FEAST also offers specific pedagogical tools for the professional development of museum educators useful for facilitating adult/lifelong learning in science and technology.

2011-2013 | EU project


The Project has been funded in the framework of the Seventh Framework Programme under the strand “Supporting and coordinating actions on innovative methods in science education: teacher training on inquiry based teaching methods on a large scale in Europe”. The project aims to support an effective widespread use of inquiry and problem based science teaching techniques in primary and secondary schools in Europe and beyond.

2011-2013 | EU project: FP7 Project

Open Sciences Resources

The Project has been funded by the eContentplus programme. The objective is to study and work towards a pan-European digital educational content standard.

2009-2012 | EU project: eContentplusProject
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Nanosciences Live in Science Centres and Museums.
The Projects has been funded by the Science in Society programme. It aims to communicate effectively research in the field of nanotechnology. Non specialised visitors will be involved in activities and debate through the direct contact with young researchers in action.

2009-2011 | EU project: SiS Project


Professionalisation for Learning in Science and Technology.
The Project has been funded in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme. It aims to contribute substantially to the training of science centre and museum explainers. The Project partners will develop training courses and materials to help explainers in their everyday interaction with adult visitors, involving them actively in debates on science and governance.

2008-2010 | EU project: LLL Project


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Hands-on & Brains-on

The Museum participates to the Hands-on & Brains-on project, led by Heureka Science Centre and funded by the VI EU Framework Program. The Hands-On & Brains-On project integrates the processes of teaching cognitive facts at school and learning how to make observations in science centres and museums. It thus reinforces the use of museums and science centres as innovative resources for teaching and learning that can offer specialist support and experience in science.

2005-2007 | EU project: LLL Project
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Smec - School-Museum European Cooperation for Improving the Teaching and Learning of Sciences

The National Museum of Science and Technology "Leonardo da Vinci" coordinated, between 2001 and 2005, the SMEC project funded by the Socrates programme of the European Union. The project addressed science education and teacher training at European level. What emerged from the work in SMEC has convinced the Museum of the necessity for further work, research and contribution in the field, and for dissemination at wide level.

2001-2004 | EU project: LLL Project

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Sedec - Science Education for the Development of European Citizenship

The Museum is one of the partner involved in the SEDEC project. The project is led by IRRE Lombardia and has many Italian and European partners. The main objective is to build European citizenship awareness through science.

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